Timeline

The journey will conclude

And the travel will end

Standing at the last stop

I will surely look back

The trail I have travelled

Diversions I took, people I met

Some long halts, few rutted rides

Refreshing strolls, racing in time

All that I did, all that I said

Souvenirs I kept, gifts I parted

The last glance on the road

A smile will roll up

My eyes will sparkle

What a voyage it was!

Just to earn that moment                                                                            

I am investing in my timeline…

©Charu Gupta and potpourri of life.

United…?

After the Covid vocabulary, the overtly used words are ‘together’ ‘united’, and ‘good citizen’. I was asking myself am I a good citizen? I am a law-abiding person, never broke any rule (never jumped a red light even on the deserted road). I pay tax on time. I practice my right to vote. I respect fellow countrymen irrespective of their religion or region. I do not harm public property.

(check out to know duties of a good citizen)

I am still confused, am I a good citizen?

And the reason for this confusion is whenever I point out what I feel is not right, people start telling me- “be a good citizen!” Whenever I express my disagreement with the policies or actions by the people selected by us (by the people), I am told – “be a good citizen!”

Is this phrase a homonym (same word with different meanings)? Or the phrase has changed its meaning over time? It sounds like- “shut up!” “Just follow the representatives of the country” “you are living in a democratic country but you dare not express your view!” So, essentially being a good citizen means playing dumb. 

 0And the other words ‘together’ or ‘united’, “we should work together to fight this pandemic”, “we need to be united in this crises”, “People and the government need to be together and united to deal with the present situation”

Seriously! Why do we need to be together or united only during the situations like this pandemic?? Don’t we need to be united always?

Divide and rule! This mantra was given by the British who ruled us for 200 years and our own representatives voted by us are following it to the T. They divide and like morons, we let them divide.

Unity, togetherness, and good citizen look like an illusion, a blindfold to ignore reality, a far-fetched dream.

Together we fought a battle against the British for freedom. Are we willing to rise again to be united in reality?

©Charu Gupta and potpourri of life.

Standing on the center stage

Standing on the center stage

You have to be perfect in each frame

No, you can’t blink, stoop or sit

Fix a smile, you must appear content

Enormous eyes are judging your act

You can’t fumble or forget your lines

Have to be flawless, engaging and sound

After all you are living for people’s applause!

Constantly perform the best role

One mistake is enough to jeer you down

Arc lights, make-up and this platform

You chose to live in people’s gaze

Can you dare to step down the stage

Washout the paint and sit on the floor

Away from stares, crowd and noise

Listen! Life inside you is whispering

I’m only yours and live as you like

Please don’t present me on the stage

 

© 2020 Charu Gupta and Potpourri of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let them…

Let them think, I’m nobody
Let them believe, I’m an ignoramus
Let them laugh on my failed plans
Let them consider they are more
Maybe it’s their way to exist
To boost their depleting self
The emptiness of their aimless life
They need to condemn me to survive
I smile on what they are convinced to be true
Who cares! When I know who I am…

© 2020 Charu Gupta and Potpourri of life.

Un-Mask

People in the mall, people on the road

You meet them, greet them, hate them, love them

In the bus, on the plane, office or the park

Every tiny piece of Earth full of faces

But have you seen their soul?

They guard their soul with a mask

Mask tightly glued, without any clue of soul

Many masks for different people, different occasions

Sad souls wear happy masks

Jealous disguise in a friendly mask

Poor in riches and evil in angels

Fragile and weak appear strong

All are safe-guarding the real soul

As if they are petrified to reveal their actual self

I wonder how they breathe, choking the soul

And gradually the soul dies behind the mask

An anonymous life we all live with no identity; just the mask

People everywhere without the real face

Just the masks to see hanging firmly on the soul…….

Imagine one day the soul revolts

With all the force, pulls the mask off

Ending all the anguish and show itself out

A true person living with a real face

How beautiful the soul is without the mask!

© [Charu Gupta] and [Potpourri of life] [2018].

Filter coffee

Our trip to Banglore and Ooty last winters was one of the best excursions we had. Although Ooty is famous for its tea and chocolates but it was there we had the best filter coffee. And ever since my husband has been pursuing me to buy ‘South Indian Filter Coffee Drip’ (A stainless steel equipment to make filter coffee).

After ordering it online I started watching YouTube videos to learn the process for the perfect brew. I was wondering how the process makes any difference; you just need milk, sugar and coffee powder or maybe some cream (If taste matters more than calories).

But definitely process makes a huge difference.

For filter coffee, coffee powder needs to stand for hours along with the boiling hot water on the tiny holes of the filter. And then drop by drop we get the concentrated, aromatic decoction of coffee! It’s a matter of patience and the filtration for that purest sip to give you an exuberant experience.

Filter: A process to remove impurities and unwanted material.

How often do you filter your thoughts? Have you filtered people around you? What about filtering your desires and expectations?

Most of us have become conscious about what we consume (eat and use). We check its brand, ingredients, process and expiry date. But we still need to become conscious about filtering the things that our soul needs to consume.

We keep on collecting unwanted emotions, fears and pessimism. We keep on tagging along toxic people. Over the times we accumulate endless desires and expectations. And all these unwanted things make our soul a junkyard; where it becomes difficult to find calmness, happiness and contentment.

Put a filter around your soul and don’t let anything seep in that is capable of contaminating your well-being. It’s not going to be an easy task; it needs lot of willpower and love for one’s self.

Start filtering people around you. Discard those from your life who are filled with negativity, hatred and apathy. Stay away from those who always try to pull your spirits down or have envious traits. Surround yourself with people who are full of positivity, generosity, inspiration and good humour. You don’t need a long list of ‘friends’, few good friends are enough to keep your soul healthy and to give a great taste to life.

Start filtering your desires and expectations. Have realistic and achievable expectations from others. Be self- content. Have goals in life rather than desires and acceptability for people instead of expectations.

Filter your emotions. Just keep those which provide a soothing effect to the soul. Be happy, laugh more and always have an optimistic outlook. It’s not going to eradicate problems from your life but provide you the courage to solve them.

Just put a filter of consciousness around yourself to detox and have a pure self. Enjoy every sip of life and along with it let the grin reach up to the eyes.

© [Charu Gupta] and [Potpourri of life] [2018].

From an Observer’s Eye

WARNING:  People with fragile EGO and those who take everything personally, please refrain from reading this article.

It’s fun to observe people with different personalities, attributes and ideologies. Please take note: fun to “observe” not fun to deal with many a times! But yes, we all have equal rights to follow our beliefs and behave as per our will.

Every day at our workplace or in the community we meet and work with various people; each one is unique in their own way.

As I said it’s fun to observe them so here I’m presenting a potpourri of people I have worked with in last 18 years; who have added a unique flavor and spice to the life! (Still if you want to read further and ignore the warning then please read on at your own risk and enjoy!)

The Fault Finders: They are always on a lookout to find faults in whatever you do, say, think and even wear! They are of the opinion that they know it all! But they are my favourite! They actually help you to be accurate and alert in your work. They push you so much against the wall that you really excel (Although this is not their motive).

I knew it First! : You dare share an idea in front of “I knew it First” types, they will make it theirs and even claim that they have done it before! Any News or gossip must reach them first and even if you know it before them, never utter it; it won’t earn you any brownie points but make you subject to their wrath. “I knew it First” are also self-proclaimed leaders after all they want to be the first in the line!

Agony Aunt: They have solution to every problem under the sun irrespective whether it’s personal or professional. And they love doing this. They are in house counselors and easily reachable. They have an opinion about everyone. They can predict, calculate and forecast anyone’s next move! (They can actually make fortune in the astrology business!)

Friends in benefit: They can be sweet as honey and bitter like bitter gourd according to their needs. You can’t rely on them in the times of need. They believe in ‘no permanent friend and no permanent enemy’. They often change teams as per the requirement. Generally you will find them with a smile and sugar coated tongue. (Be cautious!)

I, Me, Myself (selfie people): Harmless people, not bothered about other’s business. Self-obsessed and work at their pace. Their presence or absence doesn’t make much difference. They believe in minimum work and maximum me time!

The Active Volcanoes : Ready to erupt even at a minor tremor. Feel offensive very often. Frowning face and ever ready for a brawl. (As if they are bothered with the whole universe! Finger on your lips when they are around!)

PR Agencies! : Contacts matter! Peon to the Director… they are in touch with all. Your family and professional history are on their tips. They are smart to get any information and work done. Spend a lot of time in collecting personal facts. They know how to please. Always at the right place at the right time! (Do they have great PR even at home? If yes, great!) 

Silent Workers: They are the actual pillars of any organization. They work like donkeys and rarely applauded. No gossips, no complaints; they quietly do their allotted work and leave. (Rare type. Make your life little more happening guys!)

The Cry Babies: They have complaints about everyone and everything from colleagues to management, from weather to roads! You name it and they have it. Never happy or satisfied. (Their biggest complaint is life! Count your blessings guys.)

May I help you: Very rare type but yes if you are lucky enough you might get the opportunity to work with them.

The Limelight Hoggers: They work better under the arc lights. They are the attention seekers and love to take the center stage. They know how to lobby their work and often indulge in self-praise. Such types have the tact to sideline others in the team. (Deep inside we all crave for the center stage!)

The Provokers, The Pleasers and the list goes on……..

Now the big question is… in which category do I fall?

I guess I’m a bit of all. I should rather leave it to the people I have worked with.

This is the potpourri of life; sometimes crisp and sometimes soft, a bit sweet, a bit sour, a dash of chilli, a pinch of salt and tangy at times and bursting with flavours just like chaat!